Rory McIlroy’s win yesterday at the United States Open, at Congressional CC outside Washington, D.C., capped a perfect week of feel-good stories in sports – something we surely do not see enough of.

Rory McIlroy wins 2011 United States Open Championship

Rory McIlroy hoists the trophy after winning the 2011 United States Open Championship. McIlroy finished eight shots clear of Australia's Jason Day (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

I know I don’t. A fresh-faced, twenty-two year old kid, McIlroy smiled and giggled his way to a record-setting win in the USGA’s toughest test. And it was great to watch. Let’s just hope it doesn’t happen too often. (more…)

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As 2010 slowly sinks into the sunset, it’s time to close the book on some athletes.

Tiger Woods

Jack Nicklaus won 18 professional majors. Tiger Woods has 14. And that's exactly how that career race is going to finish.

By that I mean there are a few guys whom, if we never heard from or about again, it would not leave a giant chasm in the sports universe. In fact, it might leave some room for a handful of up-and-comers to finally get their due. For these guys, the time has come and, more importantly, pretty much gone. And we’ll start with a player who’s dominated golf headlines for over a decade. (more…)

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4 things to watch for at the Ryder Cup Matches in Wales

In less than 24 hours, the 2010 Ryder Cup tees off in Wales.

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Without a doubt, the Ryder Cup Matches are the world's ultimate in team golf

As usual, the excitement, tension and watered-down trash talk have been ramping up in earnest for the past week or so. If only because of that, there is absolutely no other event in golf that carries the interest that the Ryder Cup does. There are a million intangibles that factor into each Ryder Cup, ultimately determining which team takes home Samuel Ryder’s trophy. But, this year, here are four specific things to keep your eye on as the teams tee off at Celtic Manor on Friday morning. (more…)

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So, Tiger Woods’ aura – because it certainly wasn’t his game – overcame American Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin as he made his 2010 Ryder Cup captain’s picks this morning.

Corey Pavin

As captain of the 2010 United States Ryder Cup team, Corey Pavin has one of the toughest jobs in all of sports

Woods, along with Zach Johnson (11th in Ryder Cup standings), Stewart Cink (14th) and Rickie Fowler (20th), managed to make enough of an impression on Pavin to have their names called. This will be Johnson’s second Ryder Cup. Cink’s fourth. Fowler will be a rookie. Woods will not. But, for a couple of big reasons, Corey Pavin will regret naming Tiger to the team. (more…)

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Corey Pavin

United States Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin may have to choose whether or not to include Tiger Woods in the 2010 Ryder Cup Matches

In about three weeks, United States Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin may have a very tough decision to make regarding the world’s most well-known golfer, Tiger Woods. Eight American players, based on Ryder Cup points, will automatically be named to the U.S. team. Right now, Woods sits eighth on that list. But, if he can’t maintain a top-eight spot after next month’s PGA Championship, Pavin will have an agonizing choice to make. (more…)

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